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Best Espresso Machines 2021

Best Espresso Machines 2021

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DeLonghi Ecam 650.55

Primadonna Elite

  • Beans: Whole + Ground
  • Programs: 12
  • Number of Cups: 2
  • Milk foam: Yes
  • Filter: Yes

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Jura

E8

  • Beans: Whole + Ground
  • Programs: 12
  • Number of Cups: 2
  • Milk foam: Yes
  • Filter: Yes

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KitchenAid

Artisan

  • Beans: Ground + Pods
  • Programs: 12
  • Number of Cups: 2
  • Milk foam: Yes
  • Filter: Yes

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Philips

HD8821 / 01

  • Beans: Whole
  • Programs: 3
  • Number of Cups: 2
  • Milk foam: Yes
  • Filter: Yes

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Dualit

84450

  • Beans: Pods + Capsules
  • Programs: 3
  • Number of Cups: 1
  • Milk foam: Manual
  • Filter: Yes

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Espresso is an Italian coffee variant, invented in the early 1900s in Milan. The espresso coffee is thick and concentrated, but with a surprisingly delicious round taste.

Many people mistakenly believe that espresso is pronounced eXpresso because it is served and drank quickly. 

How does an espresso machine work?

An espresso machine is used to brew coffee. It is brewed by adding pressure to boiling water. 

When the water comes under pressure, it rises and is passed through finely-ground coffee and then it is filtered before it runs out of the tap and into the cup. The brewing process itself is quite simple.

There are two different ways to brew espresso:

Percolator

The espresso pot works by putting water in the bottom of the pot. Then the ground coffee is filled into the funnel. 

Finally, the filter must be fitted, and the upper part screwed into place.

When the pot is ready, place it on the stove and turn on the heat. 

It is important to remember to remove the pot from the stove when the coffee is made, as it must not boil.

Espresso Machine – Pump

An espresso machine also called an espresso pump, is the optimal solution for espresso lovers. 

Here you get the most flavorful espresso.

The espresso machine works by heating the water to near the boiling point. 

When the pressure is high enough, the steam is forced through the finely ground coffee either by hand or by a pump. Then your espresso coffee is ready.

Delicious coffee specialties with an espresso machine

When you have an espresso machine, you can make the most delicious coffee types. The espresso is because the ingredient in many of the coffee types we like.

  • Cappuccino: one-third espresso, one-third milk and one-third milk foam, and a cocoa sprinkle on top.
  • Caffé Latte: one-third espresso and two-thirds milk
  • Americano: two shots espresso and the rest of the cup is filled with hot water.
  • Macchiato: Espresso with milk foam, the milk is foamed first, and then the espresso is poured through the foam.

These are some of the most popular coffee varieties, but there are many more. It’s just getting started.

The Best Espresso Machines – Guide 2021

Below, I have a list of the coffee machines in the article. 

I have 2 favourites.

Of the manual kind, is the Breville Barista Express.

And of the automatic espresso makers, my favourite is the De`Longhi PrimaDonna.

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De'Longhi Prima Donna Fully Automatic Espresso Machine with Lattecrema System, 9.4 x 17.4 x 13.6, Silver Find now on Amazon
Jura E8 15271 Automatic Coffee Center, Chrome Includes Glass Milk Container Bundle (2 Items) Find now on Amazon
Breville BES870XL Barista Express Espresso Machine, Brushed Stainless Steel Find now on Amazon
De'Longhi EC9335R La Specialista Espresso Machine with Sensor Grinder, Dual Heating System, Advanced Latte System & Hot Water Spout for Americano Coffee or Tea, Stainless Steel, Red Find now on Amazon
Nespresso Citiz OriginalLine Espresso Machine by Breville, Silver Find now on Amazon

DeLonghi Ecam 650.55 Primadonna Elite

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The test winner in our espresso machine test is the DeLonghi Ecam 650.55 Primadonna Elite. 

This results, among other things, based on tests conducted by the consumer magazine Think and user reviews of the product.

DeLonghi Primadonna Elite is a machine with a lot of delicious features. 

You can make your coffee using the 12 preset drinks, but you can also make your own favourite coffee specialties.

Espresso machines should, of course, be able to brew delicious coffee, but it is almost as important that you can get your milk as you prefer it. 

Primadonna Elite allows you to freely choose whether you want milk froth or hot milk in your coffee drinks.

The machine has a cup of the heater, which means that you can choose to preheat your cup, so your coffee gets the right temperature. 

Also, as the best espresso machine, you can program your DeLonghi Primadonna Elite to start brewing your coffee for a certain amount of time, which means that you can get up to a cup of well-brewed coffee every day, so it does not get much better!

You can find additional information on Amazon here.

Build Quality
93%
Value for money
96%
Price
92%

Jura E8

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The 2.place in our espresso machine test goes to the Jura E8, and it is a big competitor to the 1st place!

Jura E8 scores really well in tests and has the same high score as DeLonghien in various tests.

This espresso machine has 12 different pre-programmed coffee specialties that you can choose from, and the smart One Touch feature allows you to brew your favourite coffee by just pressing a single button. 

One of the parameters where Jura scores high is the ease of use, which we also emphasize. 

There is no advantage in going through a longer manual to find out how to use your coffee maker.

Jura E8 has a built-in milk foam, but if you prefer a flat white, then a fine foam milk foam must be purchased.

Maintenance is no easier than with the Jura E8. The machine has a built-in chip that informs when the filter needs to be cleaned. 

If you remember to comply with these recommendations, you will not have to descale your espresso machine completely.

As an extra smart feature, you can download an app that you can use to control your Jura Espresso machine. 

The app is available for both Android and iOS.

If your interested in this coffee maker, you can find more information Amazon.

Build Quality
92%
Value for money
93%
Price
92%

KitchenAid Artisan

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Like other KitchenAid products, KitchenAid Artisan Espresso Maker is characterized by its delicious design, especially where this espresso machine makes an impression. 

It is almost like a small piece of art for the kitchen.

The machine does not fill as much as many of the other espresso machines. Therefore it is particularly well suited for homes with smaller kitchens or where aesthetics are high priority. 

The machine is available in six different colours to suit any home. It is made of zinc and aluminium that does not rust or get stains.

While the coffee is brewing, you foam the milk yourself, and you can use the milk frother to create the fine coffee art you see the baristas make.

Advantage:

  • Delicious and attractive design
  • Large water container of 1.4 l.
  • Delicious, tasty espresso
  • Compact

Disadvantages:

  • You will need to mix milk and coffee yourself to make your favourite coffees.
  • Heavy machine

If your interested in this coffee maker, you can find more details on Amazon.

Build Quality
94%
Value for money
91%
Price
91%

Phillips HD8821 / 01

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The Phillips espresso machine is the cheapest in the test, but it is also the one that scores highest in Taste, and it must then be said to be essential for an espresso machine! 

The grinder is ceramic and ensures that the beans do not overheat and therefore, there is no burnt aftertaste. 

The Phillips HD8821 / 01 espresso machine has a memory system, so the machine remembers your taste preferences, and therefore you always get the coffee that perfectly suits your taste.

The milk frother works with steam, one of which is the traditional barista.

Cleaning is also effortless with the Phillips HD8821 / 01 as it has an automatic program that makes the machine flush every time it is started and stopped. 

Also, when the machine needs a descaling, it notifies you, and if you adhere to these recommendations, it will extend your espresso machine’s life.

Phillips HD8821 / 01 is an excellent machine for the price, and it scores high in both taste and ease of use.

If this coffee machine is right for you, you can find tons of reviews and latest prices on Amazon here.

Build Quality
90%
Value for money
92%
Price
95%

Dualit 84450

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Dualit 84450

The 5.place in our espresso machine test goes to the Dualit 84450, and it is a big competitor to the 4th place!

Dualit 84450 scores fairly well in tests and from personal experience, I can add that its a fairly decent machine.

But it does not come close to Number 1—the Delonghi.

This espresso machine only has 3 different pre-programmed coffee specialities that you can choose from.

You can also only brew a single cup of coffee at a time, whereas if you look at the other competitors in this test, they mostly offer 2 cups.

When it comes to making milk froth, this machine is the only one that is manual, so you need to handle some additional work when making foam for your coffee, in comparison with the others.

You ca find additional product info, and various other details over on Amazon.

Build Quality
86%
Value for money
89%
Price
90%

Other Options…

Remember that there are many different options, and these are only a few, but excellent options!

It also depends on what you specifically are looking for.

Are you interested in being an “at home” barista coffee champion, maybe it would be a good idea to look into a machine such as the Sage Barista Express.

You can find info on that here.

Maybe you are interested in something that delivers the perfect espresso each time, and more or less automatic?

Then you should check out fully automatic machines. You can read more about those here.

As you can see, there are many options.

Personally, I love my Barista Express, and I use it daily with the biggest smile on my face. Even now, I have had it for more than 1 year.

We all look for something different, but I hope my blog can help you find whatever you’re looking for.

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De'Longhi Prima Donna Fully Automatic Espresso Machine with Lattecrema System, 9.4 x 17.4 x 13.6, Silver Find now on Amazon
Jura E8 15271 Automatic Coffee Center, Chrome Includes Glass Milk Container Bundle (2 Items) Find now on Amazon
Breville BES870XL Barista Express Espresso Machine, Brushed Stainless Steel Find now on Amazon
De'Longhi EC9335R La Specialista Espresso Machine with Sensor Grinder, Dual Heating System, Advanced Latte System & Hot Water Spout for Americano Coffee or Tea, Stainless Steel, Red Find now on Amazon
Nespresso Citiz OriginalLine Espresso Machine by Breville, Silver Find now on Amazon

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